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Signing your posts with '''Signatures''', particularly When leaving a comment on a [[help:Talk Pages|talk pagespage]] is a good habit or other discussion, users need to grasp as it provides attribution 'sign' their comments by adding their 'signature' to the end. This automatically adds the user's name, a link back to their page, and the author date/time of that the comment. Other  Adding signatures is important as it makes it clear who is contributing to a discussion. Even though the [[Help:Page history|page history]] can prove who made each edit, a signature is a much quicker and simpler method for all users . '''Important:''' Signatures should never be added to articles - they are for discussions only.   Your signature can then follow the be edited in [[Special:Preferences]] - but it should always include your username, linkto your user page, navigating them onto and not be excessively long, large or distracting. Images or flashing colours are generally not permitted. Signatures of [[staff]] members will show up in a different colour with the talk page of that user to address badge for their comments in replyrank. This should never be imitated by other users - keep your signature simple.
When editing an article/page, articles '''should not''' be signed as the page is a shared work between many other editors. The [[Help:Page history|page history]] should automatically take care of that.
==Signing your posts==
;Using The standard method of adding your signature is to add four tildes<code><nowiki>~~~~</nowiki></code>, right after your comment, on the last line. Just like at the end of this sentence. <nowiki>~~~</nowiki>
This is When you save the most preferred option as it leaves both the name of the user page, this will automatically change into putting your username and the time stampdate. If you have customised your signature in [[Special:Preferences]], which is particularly useful for talk pages. There are two ways to use this option, each resulting in will show instead of the same outcome:username.
*Signing at You can quickly add your signature by pressing the signature button in the end of your comment with four tildes toolbar (~4th button along).*Clicking on the pre-made code on the edit toolbar below On an [[Apple Mac]] computer, the edit boxtilde is accessed by Alt+N.
;Using To display without the date, you can use three tildes. To display just the date, use filve tildes. These are only used in specific situations - a talk page comment would always use the standard signature.
This option is an alternative and only leaves the username and link to that users talk page. This is usually only used for leaving general notices on your talk page or user page. There is currently only one available option to display this signature:
 
*Signing at the end of your comment with three tildes (~).
{| class="wikitable"
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! Wikimarkup Signature !! Code !! Final displayOutput
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!4 tildes<br>Full signature
| <code><nowiki>~~~~</nowiki></code>
| <code><nowiki>[[User:Montario|Montario]] ([[User talk:Montario|talk]])</nowiki> {{CURRENTTIME}}, {{CURRENTDAY}} {{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{CURRENTYEAR}} (UTC)</code>| [[User:Montario|Montario]] ([[User talk21:Montario|talk]]) {{CURRENTTIME}}18, {{CURRENTDAY}} {{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{CURRENTYEAR}} 30 January 2012 (UTC)
|-
!3 tildes<br>Username only
|<code><nowiki>~~~</nowiki></code>
|<code><nowiki>[[User:Montario|Montario]] ([[User talk:Montario|talk]])</nowiki></code>
| [[User:Montario|Montario]] ([[User talk:Montario|talk]])
|-
!5 tildes<br>Date/time only
|<code><nowiki>~~~~~</nowiki></code>
| 21:18, 30 January 2012 (UTC)
|}
 
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